Watch the Exploring Open String Colors online guitar lesson by Christie Leneé from Creative Fingerstyle Guitar for Songwriters

Using open strings is another great trick for opening up your creativity and breaking yourself out of the box whenever you're songwriting. Use your ear and just try playing around with ideas like moving a finger to a different place or even removing it from the neck and exploring the sound of the open strings in the mix with your typical chord voicings — you'll find really beautiful voicings that way without even analyzing or thinking about what you're doing. It can inspire a great groove or a new song part in an instant.